A Russian Progress 57 spacecraft successfully docked at the International Space Station today just after 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT). FULL STORY: Robotic Russian Supply Ship Docks to International Space Station For updates on the Antares rocket explosion, please visit Space.com. Our Full Story: Private Orbital Sciences Rocket Explodes During Launch, NASA Cargo Lost . NASA's webcastwill be streamed live here:
The Antares rocket launch failure occurred just after 6:22 p.m. EDT (2222 GMT), due to a "catastrophic anomaly," NASA officials say.
NASA officials have issued a warning to anyone in the Wallops Island, Virginia, area who may find a piece of debris related to the Antares rocket failure: "Damage related to the Oct. 28 launch attempt of an Antares rocket was contained to the hazard area, but there may have been a scattering of debris. Public safety is our No. 1 priority. If people find debris in the vicinity of the launch, please stay away and call the Incident Response Team at 757-824-1295."
Space.com partner Robert Pearlman, editor of collectSPACE.com, watched the launch happen in person. You can hear his thoughts and see the explosion here:
You may be able to see tonight's launch if you live on the U.S. East Coast. To learn how to see it, read: Nighttime Rocket Launch Will Be Visible from US East Coast Monday
Monday's Antares rocket launch will mark Orbital Sciences' third official cargo mission to the International Space Station for NASA under a $1.9 billion contract, which calls for a total of eight delivery missions. The mission, called Orb-3, will launch a robotic Cygnus spacecraft - also built by Orbital - that is filled with 5,000 lbs. of food, water, experiments and other gear for the astronauts currently living aboard the space station.
One highlight of Monday's evening launch is that it will mark the first time an Antares rocket has launched from its Virginia launch pad at night. Orbital Sciences uses Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia to launch its Antares rockets. The pad is managed by the commercial Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. Because of its timing, the rocket launch could be visible to millions of spectactors along the Eastern Seaboard from Massachusetts to South Carolina.
The Cygnus spacecraft is due to arrive at the station on Nov. 2.
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NASA TV is available in continental North America, Alaska and Hawaii on AMC-18C. A Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder (IRD) is needed for reception. Below are parameters for each channel:
Uplink provider = AMC 18 C
Transponder = 3C
105 degrees W
Downlink Frequency: 3760 MHz
Downlink Polarity: Vertical
Transmission Format = DVB-S, 4:2:0
FEC = ¾
Data Rate = 38.80 Mbps
Symbol Rate = 28.0681
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